For the 6th time, a Szegedien researcher has been awarded with the L’Oréal Foundation and the UNESCO scholarship, which supports women in research. Dr. Klaudia Farkas, who received the prestigious recognition, is a lecturer and assistant professor at the University of Szeged.
It is no wonder that Szeged is the capital of female scientists in Hungary. During the last 14 years, 40 Hungarian women scientists were awarded with the scholarship “L’Oréal and UNESCO for Women in Science”. 6 out of these 40 researchers are employees of the University of Szeged. Dr. Klaudia Farkas, who is a physician, received this year’s price together with Dr. Viktória Jeney, a chemist. The price was handed over during a ceremony in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. The scholarship amounts to 4 million HUF, which is approx. 13,000 EUR.
The assistant professor earned this scholarship with her research on the medication used to treat Crohn’s disease and why it loses its effectiveness after a while of treatment. During her research, she noticed that there are certain hints that can lead to a very accurate prediction of the effectiveness of the treatment. Dr. Klaudia Farkas’ mother was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. This is one of the reasons, why Dr. Farkas is highly motivated and engaged in this field. Due to her research results, it will soon be possible to provide individualized treatment for every patient with Crohn’s disease in a few years. Therefore the treatment will be more effective and safer for the patient and it will also be more cost-effective.
Since Dr. Farkas is the 6th woman of the University of Szeged to obtain this prestigious scholarship, there have also been others. Nevertheless, it is really noteworthy that, since 2013, this scholarship was won by women working at the University of Szeged. This award is therefore the 4th in a row for the university:
- 2005 – Dr. Klára Hernádi – chemist – for nano pipes production and application
- 2008 – Dr. Márta Széll – leader of the SZTE Department of Medical Genetics – for genomic analysis of multifactorial skin diseases
- 2013 – Dr. Nikoletta Nagy – for research in genetics of the Brooke-Spiegler syndrome
- 2014 – Dr. Éva Enyedy Anna – chemist – for research concerning the examination of metal compounds used in chemotherapy
- 2015 – Dr. Eszter Farkas – researcher of medical physics and informatics – for working on the cortical depolarization waves with the help of a brain imaging system, which she developed herself
Congratulations to Dr. Farkas and the University of Szeged for receiving such an honor! We wish Dr. Farkas all the best for ther future and her further research in the field of medicine.